U.S. lawmakers blame Army Corps for botching flood control

By on December 1, 2011

U.S. legislators from states flooded by the Missouri River earlier this year accused the Army Corps of Engineers of worsening the disaster by mismanaging flood-control reservoirs. The lawmakers said that the Corps’ policies for managing the river, which now balance flood control against wildlife habitat and other uses, should be rewritten to increase emphasis on flood control.Republican lawmakers who testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee demanded that funds originally intended for programs including environmental restoration should instead go toward repairing levees and other flood control infrastructure damaged during the flood.

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